Category Archives: PoLAR

On Not Teaching Fast Enough, Far Enough

This summer I was asked by the United Steelworkers to give a talk on Central American migration to union leaders gathered from across the country for ongoing education in Pittsburgh…

On Not Teaching Fast Enough, Far Enough

This summer I was asked by the United Steelworkers to give a talk on Central American migration to union leaders gathered from across the country for ongoing education in Pittsburgh…

On the Politics of Reflection

On the afternoon of 30 October 2018 I left my office—late—to attend what had been described to me as a “rally” or a “protest” to coincide with President Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh in connection…

On the Politics of Reflection

On the afternoon of 30 October 2018 I left my office—late—to attend what had been described to me as a “rally” or a “protest” to coincide with President Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh in connection…

Response to the Tree of Life Shootings

Since Columbine, Americans have grown unsettlingly accustomed to mass shootings. We know what to expect from politicians, the media, and gun-control and gun rights advocates. More recently, especially since…

Response to the Tree of Life Shootings

Since Columbine, Americans have grown unsettlingly accustomed to mass shootings. We know what to expect from politicians, the media, and gun-control and gun rights advocates. More recently, especially since…

Editorial Introduction: Living in Pittsburgh in the Aftermath of the Tree of Life Shootings

The shooting that took place on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, at the Tree of Life Synagogue, (home to three congregations), leaving…

Editorial Introduction: Living in Pittsburgh in the Aftermath of the Tree of Life Shootings

The shooting that took place on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, at the Tree of Life Synagogue, (home to three congregations), leaving…

New Issue of PoLAR: Volume 41, Issue 2

The latest issue of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review marks the end of Heath Cabot and William Garriott’s tenure as the editors of PoLAR. In their introduction, “In Good Faith …

New Issue of PoLAR: Volume 41, Issue 2

The latest issue of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review marks the end of Heath Cabot and William Garriott’s tenure as the editors of PoLAR. In their introduction, “In Good Faith …

Speaking Justice to Power Ebooks Available!

The Speaking Justice to Power series is now available as downloadable ebooks. SJP I & II are available on our teaching resources page. You may also download them here:

Speaking Justice to Power Ebooks Available!

The Speaking Justice to Power series is now available as downloadable ebooks. SJP I & II are available on our teaching resources page. You may also download them here:

A Pregnant Kid in a Cage: Jane Doe’s Fight for Reproductive Rights

The Obama administration’s carefully calibrated immigration revisions increased penalties against undocumented border crossers and returned people immediately to their countries…

A Pregnant Kid in a Cage: Jane Doe’s Fight for Reproductive Rights

The Obama administration’s carefully calibrated immigration revisions increased penalties against undocumented border crossers and returned people immediately to their countries…

“Donde lo tienen?” Working in an archive of the disappeared in Guatemala

“But sirs, people do not vanish, ¿Would it be possible that the Earth had swallowed him?, or as the rumors about secret prisons go…

“Donde lo tienen?” Working in an archive of the disappeared in Guatemala

“But sirs, people do not vanish, ¿Would it be possible that the Earth had swallowed him?, or as the rumors about secret prisons go…

Prison and Coup d’État

About ten years ago I was strolling along Avenida Paulista, Brazil’s most well-known commercial thoroughfare when a person handed me a pamphlet. Without breaking stride, I started to read: “come learn more about this new type of investment.” It was an invitation…

Prison and Coup d’État

About ten years ago I was strolling along Avenida Paulista, Brazil’s most well-known commercial thoroughfare when a person handed me a pamphlet. Without breaking stride, I started to read: “come learn more about this new type of investment.” It was an invitation…

Monitored Confinement and Rule by Philanthropy in Rio de Janeiro and Baltimore

A 2009 classified cable from the US Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, later declassified by the whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks, outlined the…

Monitored Confinement and Rule by Philanthropy in Rio de Janeiro and Baltimore

A 2009 classified cable from the US Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, later declassified by the whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks, outlined the…

From Structural to Stochastic Violence

Last spring, Karina Biondi, 2017 APLA Book Prize winner, approached us to develop a Speaking Justice to Power series on incarceration and confinement in the Americas, their role in authoritarian political movements…

From Structural to Stochastic Violence

Last spring, Karina Biondi, 2017 APLA Book Prize winner, approached us to develop a Speaking Justice to Power series on incarceration and confinement in the Americas, their role in authoritarian political movements…

Call for PoLAR Digital Editorial Fellows

In 2012, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review launched the Digital Editorial Fellows (def) Program for graduate students interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience in scholarly electronic communication and publishing…

Call for PoLAR Digital Editorial Fellows

In 2012, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review launched the Digital Editorial Fellows (def) Program for graduate students interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience in scholarly electronic communication and publishing…

Selfhood in flames? Imprisonment and Cauterization in Arizona’s Prison Wildfire Program

By Lindsey Raisa Feldman, PhD The United States, self-mythologized for centuries as a paragon of freedom and liberty, now serves as an ironic…

Selfhood in flames? Imprisonment and Cauterization in Arizona’s Prison Wildfire Program

By Lindsey Raisa Feldman, PhD The United States, self-mythologized for centuries as a paragon of freedom and liberty, now serves as an ironic…

“Assisted Freedom”: Carceral Transmutation and Juvenile Offenders in Brazil

By Sara R. Munhoz In 2012, during my fieldwork in a semi-open socio-educational center on the outskirts of the city of São Paulo, I participated in a meeting with an adolescent offender…

“Assisted Freedom”: Carceral Transmutation and Juvenile Offenders in Brazil

By Sara R. Munhoz In 2012, during my fieldwork in a semi-open socio-educational center on the outskirts of the city of São Paulo, I participated in a meeting with an adolescent offender…

Inside Out: Confinement, Revolt and Repression in Nicaragua

By Julienne Weegels Since 18 April 2018, the force deployed by the Sandinista state against a surge of popular protest has left over 400 dead, over 2,000 injured, and hundreds…

Inside Out: Confinement, Revolt and Repression in Nicaragua

By Julienne Weegels Since 18 April 2018, the force deployed by the Sandinista state against a surge of popular protest has left over 400 dead, over 2,000 injured, and hundreds…

Speaking Justice to Power

By Jennifer Curtis and Randi Irwin As states in both North and South America expand authoritarian practices of confinement, citizens balance responding to immediate crises, such as the Trump administration’s…

Speaking Justice to Power

By Jennifer Curtis and Randi Irwin As states in both North and South America expand authoritarian practices of confinement, citizens balance responding to immediate crises, such as the Trump administration’s…